Government to write off £13.4bn in historic NHS debt amid coronavirus crisis

Lizzy Buchan

The government will write off £13.4bn of NHS debt to allow the health service to focus on the response to coronavirus crisis, the health secretary has said.

Matt Hancock announced plans to wipe out historic debts to let hospital trusts channel their resources into battling the outbreak, rather than balancing the books.

Speaking at the daily Downing Street briefing, Mr Hancock said: "This landmark step will not only put the NHS in a stronger position to be able to respond to this global coronavirus pandemic but it will ensure our NHS has stronger foundations for the future too.”

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